September 22, 1996
This tribute to Akira Kurosawa'a "Yojimbo" really makes you want
to see the original. It has to be better than this wandering tale of gangster
factions in West Texas. Bruce Willis is the man with no name (actually
he has a name, but you get the idea) who plays both sides against each other
for the big money and the alluring Karina Lombard. As a study in cinematography,
it isn't too bad. The camera angles are interesting as is the lighting,
but that lets you know that the story let my mind dawdle over details.
The bootlegging is almost incidental. Actually, most of the storyline is
incidental to the gunfights. Bruce Dern and Christopher Walken are better
than usual, but Willis' voice-over made me wish for the days before 'talkies'.
Oh, and it never rains in West Texas like that. Rated R.
Back to 1996 Venice Film Festival Reviews
Back to Last Man Standing
Back to the Press Room
Copyright 1994-2008 Film Scouts LLC
Created, produced, and published by Film Scouts LLC
Film Scouts® is a registered trademark of Film Scouts LLC
All rights reserved.
Suggestions? Comments? Fill out our Feedback Form.